The Food and Drug Administration is planning to ban flavored e-cigarette sales at gas stations and convenience stores, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
It’s reportedly an effort to see fewer kids buying e-cigarettes at gas stations and convenience stores.
Here is the problem; the FDA hasn’t released that information, and won’t confirm what is in those reports.
The next problem is the FDA but wouldn’t let us record a phone interview with them to clarify some things.
The idea is that the FDA wants kids to have less access to tobacco products, but insist on controlling the information to the point that it is hard to report exactly what is going on.
So, they’re just going to ask you to wait until their formal report next week.
We want to give you something though, so here’s some background info from a recent FDA press release.
Since 2014, the FDA reported, "E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among youth.”
Just take a look at the numbers: According to the FDA, since 2014 e-cigarettes use in high school students was up to 1.73 million (11.7%). Also since 2014, E-cigarette use in middle school students was 390,000 (3.3%)
And it’s only getting worse.
The FDA says new data from 2018 from the National Youth Tobacco Survey says e-cigarette use rose sharply and continues to.